First Lady Michelle Obama to NCAN: This is Personal

October 21, 2015
By Kim Cook, Executive Director

In a special video appearance, First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated NCAN conference-goers in Orlando on the organization’s 20 years of growth and hard work on behalf of low-income, first-generation students. 

“As some of you may know, this mission is personal to me. As a first-generation college graduate myself, I know how hard it can be for a young person to get to and through higher education,” Mrs. Obama said. 

“But with every scholarship dollar you raise, with every letter of recommendation you write, with every FAFSA form you complete and every campus visit you chaperone, you all are changing the odds and transforming the lives of so many talented young people. And I want you to know that the President and I are committed to doing everything we can do to help you do this work.”

Mrs. Obama is a strong advocate for policies and programs that help those students served by NCAN members, and her Reach Higher initiative and Better Make Room campaign aim to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

On behalf of our members, NCAN thanks for the First Lady for her message. 

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